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Ky. schools lack immunization records for thousands of students, prompting concerns among officials

A Louisville Courier Journal analysis has found that as of March, the Jefferson County Public Schools had no record of whether 4,300 students had received their shots for measles, mumps and rubella, despite a law that requires students to hand in those documents within two weeks of enrollment. That’s a story that can be told in school districts across the state. According to the state Department...

Labor cabinet denies Beshear request to rescind subpoenas; attorney general prepared to file suit

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has denied a request by Attorney General Andy Beshear to withdraw subpoenas to 10 local school districts seeking teacher attendance records. And if they don’t, the attorney general says he will sue. “I will not allow this governor to bully our teachers and fine them up to $1,000 a day,” Beshear said in a statement. “If the governor’s...

Commissioner Lewis extends deadline for Jefferson County to hire chief for exceptional child services

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis has extended the deadline for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to hire a chief for exceptional child education services. As part of a settlement agreement, signed on August 28, 2018, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) agreed that JCPS would fill this position by January 1, 2019; however, the deadline...

Toyota expands national family learning program to two Louisville sites with $175,000 grant

The National Center for Families Learning, in partnership with Toyota, the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) unveiled a unique family learning program. Called Toyota Family Learning, this innovative, two-generation model addresses the educational challenges facing low-income and ethnically diverse families. LFPL received a three-year, $175,000 grant from...

Going for the Gold: Pair of Kentucky music teachers under consideration for Grammy Award

By Brenna R. Kelly Special to KyForward They don’t have a hit single or a critically acclaimed album, but two Kentucky educators are nominated for a Grammy award. The two music teachers are among 10 finalists from across the country nominated for the Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. The award was created three years ago as a way to recognize kindergarten...

Kentucky auditor slams Jefferson County Public Schools as ‘bloated,’ ‘inefficient’

Auditor Adam Edelen on Wednesday unveiled a comprehensive examination of the Jefferson County Public Schools, exposing what he says is an unchecked bureaucracy that has become bloated and inefficient at the expense of the classroom.   The largest review ever conducted by the auditor’s office identified outdated and inefficient operations that cost taxpayers millions of dollars, a school board...

Kentucky auditor slams Jefferson County Public Schools as 'bloated,' 'inefficient'

Auditor Adam Edelen on Wednesday unveiled a comprehensive examination of the Jefferson County Public Schools, exposing what he says is an unchecked bureaucracy that has become bloated and inefficient at the expense of the classroom.   The largest review ever conducted by the auditor’s office identified outdated and inefficient operations that cost taxpayers millions of dollars, a school board...

Hilliard Lyons CEO receives 13th Joseph W. Kelly Award for business-school partnership

James Allen was presented the Joseph W. Kelly Award by the Kentucky Board of Education during its June meeting in Frankfort. Pictured from left are Commissioner Terry Holliday, Joseph W. Kelly, James Allen and KBE Chairman David Karem. (Photo from KBE)   The Kentucky Board of Education presented Louisville businessman James Allen with the 13th annual Joseph W. Kelly Award June 5. The award is...